Celebrating Healthy West Virginia Community Recognition Benchmarks

Achieving these benchmarks makes your community a better place to live, learn, work, eat, and play. By improving quality of life, you’re helping to reduce healthcare costs, improve resilience, and make your community more attractive to people and businesses.

There are different quality of life benchmarks within the application for each category. These benchmarks relate to where people live, work, learn, eat and play. Many focus on creating opportunities for increasing, healthy eating and physical activity and decreasing tobacco usage. These things are vital to reducing the major causes of death and disability in our state.

Why does achieving these benchmarks matter?

By implementing policies and programs that help their community achieve these benchmarks, leaders in counties, cities, and towns across the state are helping West Virginians eat better, move more, and live tobacco-free. 

Celebrating Healthy West Virginia encourages the implementation of ordinances, policies, programs, and procedures that touch not only community residents, but also employees and visitors to the community. By providing a community environment rooted in evidence-based health and wellness principles, you are contributing to West Virginia’s future.

Recognition Levels

The Celebrating Healthy West Virginia recognition program has three scored levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

In addition to these scored levels, each year CHWV honors communities with special recognitions for areas of impressive progress, innovative programs, and inspiring ideas. 

Will your community be this year’s Trailblazer, Food Systems Super Star, or Health Equity Champion?

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